The Carolina Panthers continue to send mixed signals about Cam Newton’s future with the team.
On Tuesday, it was new coach Matt Rhule who said that he was “unbelievably excited” to get the opportunity to work with Newton despite rumors that the Panthers may still look to move on from the quarterback.
Matt Rhule on Cam Newton: “I am unbelievably excited to get a chance to work with Cam. He’s an impressive man and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him. He’s doing a great job. I’m excited to get him healthy.”
— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) February 25, 2020
Newton is recovering from a Lisfranc injury that limited him to two games in 2019. The Panthers want to see him healthy before committing to him, but there are certainly indications that Carolina is leaning toward committing to the quarterback. Public comments like this from Rhule will only add to the belief that the Panthers will be sticking with their quarterback going forward.
There has been a lot of talk about the Carolina Panthers potentially trading or releasing Cam Newton this offseason, but apparently that is not the team’s plan.
The Panthers are moving forward as if Newton will be their starting quarterback in 2020, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Newton is making progress in his recovery from a foot injury, and new Panthers coach Matt Rhule and his staff have been encouraged with the progress and commitment they have seen from the former MVP.
#Panthers coach Matt Rhule and his staff have been encouraged with how Cam Newton has treated his rehab and how intent he is to get back to top form. He’s spent plenty of time in town. With so much to rebuild in other areas, having a legit starter in place eases the transition. https://t.co/LIvqQDj5b5
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2020
Rapoport notes that Newton’s foot will not be fully healed for several months, so that may limit his potential trade market. There’s still a chance things could change if a team blows Carolina away with an offer, and the Panthers have made it clear that Newton’s health will be a factor in whether or not he remains with the team.
Kyle Allen got off to a hot start when he took over for Newton last season, but Allen came back to earth down the stretch and lost his job to rookie Will Grier. It goes without saying that Newton has more potential than either both Allen and Grier when he’s healthy, and he has said all the right things about his future with the team. Rhule’s best chance of quickly building a contender is doing so around a healthy Newton.
Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers is likely to remain murky for a while longer, but some clarity may be coming next month.
According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, the Panthers believe Newton will be able to pass a physical and be cleared for some football activity in March. That aligns with the time when the Panthers will have to make a decision on Newton’s future.
The Panthers will take it slow with Newton, knowing that his Lisfranc injury was a serious one. The team may keep him limited through spring workouts in April and May.
Carolina could save $19 million by cutting Newton ahead of next season. Whether they will remains an open question. Ownership has maintained that Newton’s health will have a big say in whether he’s brought back or not, making the physical and these upcoming workouts hugely important to Newton’s chances of remaining with the organization. He’s made very clear he wants to, but that decision is out of his hands at this point.
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Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers remains unclear based on comments made by owner David Tepper on Tuesday.
Tepper said Newton’s future with the organization essentially comes down to health, and the team will make no determination whether he will stay or go until they have clarity on how he is physically.
Panthers Owner David Tepper on Cam Newton: “There’s a lot of different things that can happen, but first is, is he healthy? Tell me that and then we can talk.”
— Joe Person (@josephperson) February 11, 2020
Newton had trouble with his left foot all season, and it limited him to just two games. He’s only played a full 16 game season once since the end of 2015, and it’s no surprise that the Panthers want to know that he’ll be able to play a full season before committing to him.
The quarterback has been confident that he’ll be back with Carolina in 2020. The Panthers clearly aren’t ready to agree with that assessment yet. He’s owed $18.6 million next season, and the team may still look into a trade if they can get a good return.
Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers has been in doubt for quite a while, but the quarterback certainly thinks he’ll be staying with the franchise.
Newton spoke to CBS Sports Network’s “Tiki and Tierney” and said he “absolutely” expects to remain with Carolina in 2020, adding that he feels that he has a lot to prove to the organization and to himself.
"Are you going to be back in Carolina, are you sure you're going to be a Panther?" – @BrandonTierney
"Absolutely, absolutely." – Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/H9hg35eVKp
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) January 31, 2020
Newton has consistently felt optimistic about his future with Carolina. The organization itself has been much more tight-lipped. He’s due $18.6 million next season, which is reasonable for an NFL starting quarterback. Their decision may ultimately come down to what kind of return they get in a trade, if anything.
Newton played in only two games last season due to a foot injury. He has had just one winning season since being named NFL MVP in 2015, and turns 31 in May.
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Anyone hoping for clarity on Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers in Matt Rhule’s introductory press conference came away disappointed on Wednesday.
While the new Carolina head coach praised Newton and seemed enthusiastic about the quarterback’s attitude, Rhule said he does not plan to make any major announcements about the long-term future of any player until meeting and speaking with owner David Tepper and GM Marty Hurney.
Rhule says he talked to Cam Newton yesterday. "He didn't want to talk about the past. He wanted to talk about the future."
Didn't want to get into the long-term plan with Cam or any player until he's had a chance to talk with Hurney and Tepper.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) January 8, 2020
On the surface, Newton would seem to be an ideal fit to run Rhule’s offense, but one can understand the coach not wanting to box himself in with some sort of public pronouncement on day one of the job.
Last we heard, the Panthers were undecided on Newton. It made sense to hold off on any decisions until the new coach was in place.
Newton is due to make $18.6 million next season, and a decision is due by March.
A disappointing Denver Broncos season has officially come to an end for defensive back Kareem Jackson.
On Tuesday, the Broncos announced that Jackson has been suspended for the final two games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. The team said in a statement that the suspension stems from Jackson being arrested for driving while under the influence back in September.
“Kareem Jackson was arrested for driving under the influence on Thursday, Sept. 19,” the statement said. “He immediately informed our team of the incident, which we promptly reported to the NFL and thoroughly reviewed as an organization.
“There are high standards for the personal conduct of all members of our organization, and we have expressed our extreme disappointment to Kareem for his poor judgment. Under the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, he has been suspended for the Broncos’ final two games of the 2019 season.”
Jackson joined the Broncos this season after spending the first nine years of his career with the Houston Texans. The former first-round pick has 49 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 13 games.